Clipstone’s pre-season campaign got off to the ideal start with a narrow 1-0 victory over local rivals Sherwood Colliery.
The visitors edged a goalless first half in which chances were at a premium. Josh Pickering was unable to convert the Cobras’ best opportunity in the 18th minute.
The only goal came in the 56th minute when Will Heather picked out Connor Wright down the right hand side. The defender’s pin point cross picked out Jack Lowe who put a powerful header past Josh Turton in the visitors’ goal.
The match opened out in the final quarter with both sides creating chances. Former Cobra Gareth Lowe missed a great chance to equalise whilst Cobras’ Jack Lowe could have grabbed a second in the final 10 minutes.
However Cobras’ boss Dave Hoole will be pleased with the overall display and also with many of the individual performances.
Clipstone match squad: Ogden, Wright, Holt, Whitton, Massey, Foster, Mullins, Barnard, Ing, Sorrell, Pickering, Trialist, Blackburn, Heather, Manlove, Lowe, Sellers, Lindsay, Hardwick, Ashton, Degirolamo